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Paulista ready to level up

Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal

Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is confident he can take his game to the next level at Arsenal - and help deliver more silverware to the Emirates Stadium.

Reforms may cut benefits by quarter

A think-tank said that the biggest changes to the benefit system were "yet to come"

Benefits for working-age people could be cut by almost a quarter if reforms initiated by the coalition Government are carried through over the next five years, an independent economic think-tank has said.

New guidance on consent issued

Alison Saunders said consent to sex is clearly defined in law and "must be given fully and freely"

Police and prosecutors are to be given fresh guidance about the issue of consent in rape cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions said.

May reveals online reporting plans

Victims may be able to report non-emergency crimes online in an effort to make reporting offences easier, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Service marks end of Afghan mission

David Cameron said there would be a service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan

A service of commemoration will be held at St Paul's Cathedral in the presence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on March 13 to mark the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan.

Problems in the past - Woods

Tiger Woods is back in action at TPC Scottsdale

Tiger Woods will be looking to prove he can still be the force he once was against two of golf's young rising stars when the Waste Management Phoenix Open gets under way on Thursday in Arizona.

Baggies sign McManaman

Callum McManaman has left Wigan to join West Brom

West Brom have completed the signing of Wigan's Callum McManaman on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Solar project completed in village

Residents from a village which was at the centre of huge anti-fracking protests have seen the completion of their first community-owned solar panel project.

Campaigners hail beavers reprieve

Beavers are renowned for their engineering skills

Beavers will be allowed to continue living wild on a river in Devon after government agency Natural England gave the green light to a five year trial.

Lack of empathy 'worsens illness'

The effects of patients feeling their doctor does not believe them can be physiologically damaging, researchers said

Doctors who give patients the impression they do not believe or understand them could actually make the symptoms worse, according to a new study.

'Hated' buggy sells for £325

Joel Andresier put the Phil and Teds buggy for sale on eBay

A buggy listed for sale by a father who said it signified the end of his "happy carefree low-cost child-free life" has sold for £325.

Lee bows out with BBL final defeat

Brett Lee finished on the losing side in the Big Bash League final

Brett Lee bowed out of professional cricket on the losing side but with star-status firmly in tact as Perth Scorchers retained their Big Bash League title in a thrilling finish against Sydney Sixers.

Peer sorry over Trident comment

Lord Wigley was commenting on reports that the nuclear weapons system could be relocated to Wales

A senior Plaid Cymru peer has apologised for "any offence caused" after comparing the effects of a Trident submarine base to those of a Nazi death camp.

Deadline looms for tax returns

The deadline for submitting an online self-assessment tax return is midnight on January 31

More than two million people still need to submit their tax return ahead of Saturday's deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

Hazard hails Costa's commitment

Diego Costa, right, played a controversial role in Chelsea's win over Liverpool

Eden Hazard has hailed Diego Costa as an inspiration to Chelsea after the striker's controversial role in helping the Blues to the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Liverpool.

Vallverdu predicted Murray meeting

Dani Vallverdu, right, will be plotting against Andy Murray, left, in Melbourne

Andy Murray may have avoided Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open but there is no escaping a reminder of his glory days and more recent upheaval.

Figo enters FIFA race

Luis Figo is to run for FIFA president

Luis Figo has sprung the biggest surprise so far of the contest to be FIFA president after announcing he is to stand against Sepp Blatter.

Moratorium on fracking in Scotland

Fracking protesters gather outside Lancashire County Council

The controversy over fracking in the UK has deepened as Scotland imposed a ban on giving the green light to new schemes amid ongoing public opposition to the process.